Gratitude

I had the best time with some awesome “crafty” friends this past weekend. The BEST part is I finished every project I took along with me AND I didn’t take my entire craft room…woo hoo! I am so grateful when I get to go away and spend time with old friends and new ones I just met.

Speaking of grateful, I think this project would be so wonderful to make ahead of time for every guest coming to Thanksgiving dinner…OK, I know it is only August, but if you procrastinate like I do it’s NOT too early to start getting your holiday ideas together!

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Stamps

Harvest of Thanks Stamp Set
Truly Grateful Stamp Set
Thankful and Woodgrain Stamps

Paper
Soft Sky Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper
Whisper White Square Envelopes

Ink
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad
Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad
VersaMark Pad
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Accessories & Tools
Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape
Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Linen Thread
Naturals Designer Buttons
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Aqua Painter
1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
Big Shot
Bitty Banners Framelits Dies

Instructions

To create the cover:

  1. Cut the flaps off several Whisper White Square Envelopes.
    Tip: We used nine in our little book. You choose how many pages you want in your book.
  2. Stamp the woodgrain background in Crushed Curry ink on the front of one envelope. Add splashes of Pumpkin Pie ink to front of envelope using an Aqua Painter.
  3. Stamp the woodgrain background in Early Espresso ink on the back of the envelope.
  4. Stamp “Thankful for” in Early Espresso Ink on the back of the envelope.
  5. Write journaling using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker under the “Thankful for” image.
  6. Punch a scallop circle from Soft Sky Cardstock. Adhere it to the front of the book.
  7. Stamp the log image in VersaMark ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Sprinkle Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the image and heat emboss it. Adhere the Soft Sky scallop circle.
  8. Stamp “Gratitude” in Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Cut out the “Gratitude” image using the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies and the Big Shot. Adhere the sentiment over the log image.
  9. Thread a piece of Linen Thread through the button holes in the Naturals Designer Button. Adhere over the log image.

To create pages and put the book together:

  1. Stamp the woodgrain background in Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, or Soft Sky ink on the back of the remaining envelopes.
  2. Stamp “Thankful for” in Early Espresso Ink over the woodgrain background on the back of the envelopes.
  3. Write journaling using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker under “Thankful for” image.
  4. Adhere the sides of the cover and other envelopes together using strips of washi tape to create the book.
  5. Cut a 3-1/4″ square of Designer Series Paper for each inside page. Adhere.
  6. Cut a 2-1/4″ square of Whisper White Cardstock for each inside page. Adhere one to the center of each inside page. Adhere photos over each square of cardstock.
  7. Create spine for the book with a strip of washi tape.
  8. Fold nine 3″ x 6″ pieces of Whisper White Cardstock to create nine cards. Place the cards in the envelope openings.

I’ll be starting my 7 days of Halloween projects soon AND you will have a chance to win some fun “blog candy” so stay tuned!!

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